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Britons would back ‘remain’ in new Brexit vote: Channel 4 poll

Britons would back ‘remain’ in new Brexit vote: Channel 4 poll

Some 43% said they would support a second referendum that was a binary choice between a deal and staying in, with 37% opposing a vote on those terms.

ITV's political editor Robert Peston reports that a government official predicted the Prime Minister would be able to win over her cabinet this week, "but not without saying goodbye to some colleagues".

Last weekend, the London-based The Daily Telegraph reported that British chief negotiator for the Brexit, Dominic Raab, privately asked Coveney for the UK's right to unilaterally deactivate the emergency plan.

He also told Irish media this morning that "a backstop with a three-month limit on it or expiry date of that nature isn't worth the paper it's written on".

With less than five months until Britain is due to exit the EU, May has yet to clinch a divorce deal, with negotiators stuck on the so-called "backstop" arrangement that would keep open the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland regardless of what course Britain takes after Brexit. It is Belfast after "breccia" will continue to obey the Customs Union of the EU and numerous rules of the single market.

Cautious optimism that a deal between the European Union and London may be in the offing in coming weeks has been kept in check by the fact that it remains far from clear whether any such agreement could go through the British parliament.

May later reiterated to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz that she believed a withdrawal accord was 95 percent complete, and was "confident" of a deal on the Northern Irish backstop.

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The results indicated that 105 council areas that voted Leave in 2016 would now vote Remain.

However, Brussels is refusing to agree to an end date or mechanism that would allow the United Kingdom to pull out of the arrangement, meaning that an agreement is unlikely to be reached this week.

"This position leaves Northern Ireland a rule taker from Brussels".

"The Tanaiste couldn't have been clearer that a time-limited backstop or a backstop that could be ended by the United Kingdom unilaterally would never be agreed to by Ireland or the EU".

European Union negotiators briefed national envoys in Brussels on Wednesday and are now waiting to hear back from London.

"I'm trying not to be negative because it is so easy for people like us to sit in a tv studio talking about how people could do it better and differently".

However, in order for the EU to accept this compromise, Mrs May must convince her colleagues and the DUP to agree that Northern Ireland can only opt out of the customs union when another mechanism of ensuring a soft Border is agreed.